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Jan 17, 2013 1:00pm EST
debt ceiling and we may meet the goal which we set out to do, which is to have roughly a $4 trillion cut over 10 years in the long-term deficit and to put us on that path. but i didn't come here to talk about any of those important subjects today, because as important as they allr today we have a more urgent and immediate call and that is how to deal with the epidemic of gun violence in america. you all know the statistics better than anyone so i'm not going to repeat them. on that score, i owe an incredible debt of gratitude to you at the head table and those of you in the room. i know we don't have you nan hit in this ballroom nor do we in any ballroom, but we all acknowledge that we have to do something. we have to act. and i hope we all agree, there is a need to respond to the carnage on our streets and in our schools. i hope we all agree that mass shootings like the one we witnessed in newtown 34 days ago cannot be continued to be tolerated. that tragedy has affected the public in a way i have never seen before. the image of first graders, not only shot, but riddled with bullets
Jan 14, 2013 12:00pm EST
this needs to work. >> thank you, mr. president. binding votes for the debt ceiling can sometimes be complicated. in previous aspects of american history, president reagan, president h. w. bush, president clinton all signed debt reduction deals. you have done this three times. four times was related to budget maneuvers. what many people are curious about is this new madam a desire on your part not to negotiate but that seems to conflict with the modern era of presidents with the debt ceiling and your own history. does that suggest we will go into a default situation because no one is talking about how to resolve this? >> no, major. getting votes for this is always difficult. i went through this and just last year. what is different as we never saw a situation as we saw last year in which certain groups in congress took such an absolutist position that we begin within a few days of defaulting. the fact of the matter is that we have never seen the debt ceiling used in this fashion with the notion is that we might default unless we get 100% of what we want. that has not happened. as i indicated before, and have bid have a conversation on how we reduce our deficits further in a sensible way. -- i would have a conversation about how t
Jan 17, 2013 5:00pm EST
the inauguration on monday, on -- just days ahead of debt ceiling conversations, days after fiscal quick negotiations -- days after fiscal cliff negotiations. was that deal good for poor people? >> for 30 years, we have not addressed this issue, except for the wonderful work that you and cornel are doing in these wonderful people on the panel. politics has neglected the poor. one could say that there was a war on the poor rather than a war on poverty for much of this period. the united states has by far the most poverty of any of the high- income countries as a share of the population. we have the highest in quality. we have the most entrenched underclass. we have had the biggest increases of any quality by far, and we've had the least political response of any high- income countries, so we are standing out on our own. this has been a 30-year trend of soaring in comes at the top, stagnation in the middle, and falling through the floor on the bottom, and the political system has refused to address this for 30 years. so we have reached a calamitous situation in this country, but the fact of the matter is nothing that was done at the fiscal cliff and what lies a
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